Friday, January 31, 2014

Colfax History: Holiday Chalet B & B

"Our small, immaculate hotel was originally Henry Bohm's Mansion, Mr. Bohm was a prominent Denver jeweler in 1896. It was purchased in 1912 by Noah Hayden Griffith and his wife Ida Lindsey. In 1952, it was converted to an AAA hotel. After Noah Hay-den died in the Flu Epidemic of 1918, Ida converted this mansion from a 12-room, 2-bath home to 12 efficiency apartments. It remained as an apartment house until 1952 when & Margaret Griffith converted it to a hotel. In 2002 The Holiday Chalet celebrated it's 50th birthday as a hotel bed & breakfast.

The third floor hosts a gathering place/library for games and reading, visiting or sharing coffee with other guests and friends or enjoying a sing-along around the piano.

Today's tea room was once Ida Lindsey's apartment from 1922 until her death in 1944. For the Bohm family this was once the parlor. In 1898 Baron Von Richtofen (great uncle to the Red Baron) laid in state prior to his funeral at Fairmont Cemetery.

Ida was a woman of refined taste, and her hobby was painting bone china and creating more than 51 original patterns over her lifetime. (She also had a kerosene kiln in the basement)."

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Free Denver Broncos Tattoos

Super Bowl Special!! IF the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl, Thick As Thieves will be doing FREE Denver Broncos tattoos!!! Feb 3rd, 12pm-9pm First come, First Serve No Appointments Flash ONLY!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pete Seeger's Passing Mourned in Aurora

Pete Seeger’s passing is mourned by the production team behind
I GO ON SINGING – Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words and Songs

Photo Courtesy Andrew Flack
Aurora, CO – Members of Grand Design, Inc., director donnie l. betts and playwright Andrew Flack, each deeply saddened by the passing of folk legend Pete Seeger, are honored that he was able to make a special contribution to their upcoming production of I Go On Singing – Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words and Songs prior to his death.
     Andrew Flack recalls: “In July of 2010, our I Go On Singing production team spent a morning with Pete Seeger at his home high on a bluff above the Hudson River in Beacon, NY, talking about his friendship with Paul Robeson. In the summer of 1949, those two men had appeared together at a concert in Peekskill, NY, where white, racially-charged agitators had provoked a riot. Seeger tells the story in great detail during one of his three video segments featured in I Go On Singing, and at the show’s conclusion, he leads the audience in a rousing rendition of a song that both he and Robeson covered, “Jacob’s Ladder."
      Flack continues, “It was a lovely time we spent that day with Pete, and I’m sure none of us will ever forget the feeling of being with this brilliant man so full of grace and generosity. As Tony Brown (who pays tribute to Paul Robeson in I Go On Singing) wrote last night on hearing of his passing, referring to words first penned by Paul Robeson, Jr. “What was true for Robeson, is also true for Seeger, ‘The world has lost a great and gentle warrior’.”
     We are ever so grateful to Pete for his participation and support of this project, and through his video appearances in the show, he, too, will go on singing!
     Written by Andrew Flack and directed by Denver’s own donnie l. betts, I Go On Singing delivers equal parts historical drama with a live concert experience. Musical numbers range from Spirituals to Broadway, and include original Robeson arrangements of favorites like Ol’ Man River, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, Shenandoah, Scandalize My Name, It Ain’t Necessarily So, All Through the Night, Joe Hill, Deep River and many others.
     Pete Seeger makes three video guest appearances discussing his friendship with Robeson and the music they shared in turbulent times.
Thursday                     February 27 at 7:30pm – PREVIEW PERFORMANCE
Fridays                        February 28 at 7:30pm  -  OPENING NIGHT
Saturdays                    March 1 and  March 8 at 7:30pm
Sundays                       March 2 and March 9  at 2:00pm

Monday, January 27, 2014

New Date for Warped Tour at Sports Authority Field


Date Changes for Warped Shows in Denver, Texas & Salt Lake City

Due to scheduling conflicts with some of our friends, the dates of the Denver, Texas and Salt Lake City Warped stops have been updated.

The tour will now kick off on June 13th in Houston followed the next day, the 14th, in San Antonio and the 15th in Dallas. Then the tour hits Salt Lake City on August 2nd and the tour will conclude the next day, the 3rd in Denver. Tickets purchased with original show date will be honored. Those seeking a refund can do so at their point of purchase but note that if you repurchase a ticket in the future it will be at what the current price tier is at that time

VANS WARPED TOUR 2014 will arrive at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (parking lot) on Sunday August 3.  Gates open at 11 AM.

Renowned for bringing skate/punk/action sports and youth culture to the forefront on a global scale, the Vans Warped Tour® is calling and summer is here…

The VANS WARPED TOUR 2014 multi-stage line-up will include Air Dubai, For Today, Mixtapes, Stray From The Path, Teenage Bottlerocket, Mayday Parade, Plague Vendor, Tear Out The Heart, The Protomen, Attila, Saves The Day, Beartooth, A Skylit Drive, The Ghost Inside, The Ready Set, The Devil Wears Prada, The Color Morale, Nit GriT, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Anberlin, Survive This!, Cute Is What We Aim For, Issues, Crown The Empire, State Champs, The Maine, Volumes, I The Mighty and more.

Additional performers on the Vans Warped Tour are announced each week! Keep up to date with the lineup at

The VANS WARPED TOUR--a mix of hotly-tipped and established artists--continues to be the most eclectic traveling festival tour on the planet featuring rock, punk, pop, hip-hop and rap, metal, indie rock, electronic, alt-country, folk-punk, dubstep, reggae and rockabilly.

Tickets are on sale now
at the Sports Authority Field Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 - 3000

Tickets are $35.00 GA ADV and $45.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges. 

Sports Authority Field at Mile High box office is open Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Sports Authority Field at Mile High is located in downtown Denver at the intersection of I-25 and Colfax Avenue.  



Sunday, January 26, 2014

2014 Athena Project Arts Festival

2 Galleries, 3 Stages, 16 days, 35 performances, 200 artists

Athena Project is a professional group of artists dedicated to supporting and expanding women’s artistic contributions to the Denver stage and the wider community. We envision a world in which women’s voices are powerfully expressed and fully integrated into the creative life of every community.  Athena Project’s mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women’s and girls’ artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process.

Athena Project’s annual festival is back for its second year inspired by the theme, Utopia/Dystopia.  This year, the festival is sponsored by Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) and Athena Project presents a full production of a World Premiere play, a Plays In Progress Series, a Fashion Show, two galleries featuring artwork by local female artists, musicians, dancers, and in partnership with Girls Inc., a playwriting and play development experience for girls beginning March 14 at The Aurora Fox Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Avenue in Aurora, C o 80010.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) is an art school like no other. Offering online and on-campus undergraduate and graduate degrees, the school provides challenging curriculum and a fresh approach to learning. RMCAD functions as a community of creatives in an atmosphere of intensity that drives students to push conventional boundaries. Find more information at or by calling 800.888.ARTS.


World Premiere of "Government Issued Long Johns" by Erin Wagoner
We will premiere this comedy that takes place in the future where sex is forbidden.
Dates: March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 @ 8 p.m.; March 16, 23, 30 @ 2 p.m.
Synopsis: Jane has always been a good citizen of this government-issued, long johns wearing society; she wears her long johns, obeys the rules, and never touches skin. But with one year left until her own matching ceremony (the equivalent of a computerized arranged marriage), Jane witnesses the society’s rules and matching process severely damage her sister. This pushes Jane to question all she’s known and in doing so, she takes dangerous risks to test the boundaries of her world.
Two Opening Night Receptions will be held:  March 14 from 5-8 p.m. at The ACAD Studio, 1400 Dallas Street and March 15 from 5-8 the Kim Robards Dance Studio, 9990 E. Colfax Avenue, in Aurora.

World Premiere of "Government Issued Long Johns" by Erin Wagoner
March 14 - 30
Fridays/Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.
$22 for adults, $20 for students/seniors/military, $18 group discounts avail for 10+ people
@ Aurora Fox Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Avenue, Aurora 80010.
All tickets are on sale at or by calling the Aurora Fox box office at 303-739-1970.

·         Workshop productions of four new plays by women, called our Plays In Progress (PIP) Series.
Dates: March 20, 23, 27, 30 @ 7 p.m.; March 22 and 29 @ 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.            
Each play will get 2 workshop readings. Workshop level productions are designed with minimum sets, lights, sound, etc. and they also allow for an audience to give feedback. One play will be selected from this Series to be produced in the Athena Project Arts Festival in March of 2015. Your vote counts! The plays are:
“Crazy Patterns” by local playwright Melissa McCarl
“Relative Communication” by local playwright Nicolette Vajtay
                                “Paradise” by Laura Maria Censabella
                                “Harm’s Way” by Marilyn Kriegel

Plays In Progress (PIP) Series.
March 20 - 30
Saturdays @ 1 and 4 p.m.; Sundays & Thursdays @ 7 p.m.
$12 per play
@ The Aurora Fox Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Avenue, Aurora 80010
All tickets are on sale at or by calling the Aurora Fox box office at 303-739-1970

Additional Festival Events:

·         Art gallery showings, featuring works by female visual artists,  The ACAD Studio, 1400 Dallas Street in Aurora, 80010 and The Kim Robards Dance Studio, 9990 E. Colfax Avenue in Aurora, 80010.
Dates: Open one hour before every evening and matinee performance of the festival events.
Art pieces will be shown at The Kim Robards Studio from March 14 –30. All art curated for the showcase will pertain to the festival theme of Utopia/Dystopia.
o    Art pieces will also be shown at The ACAD Studio from March 14-30.  All art displayed in this gallery will be curated by Mo’Print/Invisible Museum.
o    There will be an opening night reception at The ACAD Studio on March 14 from 5-8pm and at The Kim Robards Studio on March 15 from 5-8pm. 
Athena Project will feature female musicians during ACAD Studio gallery hours.
There is no admission charge but artwork is available for sale; proceeds benefit the artist and Athena Project. 

·         Dance
Dates: Saturdays, March 22 and 29 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
at The ACAD Studio, 1400 Dallas Street, Aurora 80010
o    Female choreographers will present original dance pieces. The pieces will range from ballet to hip hop, lyrical to tap, and anything in between. Interested dancers should contact us for more info at
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors/military discount payable at the door ONLY

Dates: Sundays, March 23 and 30 from 4:30-5:30pm at The Kim Robards Studio, 9990 E. Colfax Avenue, Aurora 80010
o    Featuring the company members of Kim Robards and including a sneak peek of an upcoming world premiere.
       Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors/military discount payable at the door, at                  , or by calling 303-825-4847.

Kim Robards Dance is a professional modern dance international touring company in its 27th season. KRD is recognized for its high artistic standards and outstanding educational programming through outreach for disenfranchised populations and The Academy of KRD for youth and adults.  Ms. Robards’ choreography is noted for its driving physicality and dynamic use of space and has received critical accolades including: Dance Critic Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times, “Ms. Robards has a strong sense of craft…she takes pleasure in dance without clumsily concocted themes and other gimmicks…Ms. Robards thinks in grander terms.” And among others, Kyle MacMillan, The Denver Post, “Superior artistry… Consistently serious-minded, solidly crafted work.”  In addition to her talent as a choreographer Ms. Robards is also a well-respected teacher and amazing dancer. Perry Tannebaum, Charlotte’s Creative Loafing, wrote: “Ms. Robards is indeed a phenomenon. Choreographing all four works on the Bold Moves program and dancing athletically in three of them.” KRD is housed in a 14,000 square foot facility in the developing Aurora Cultural Arts District with several studios and an informal performance venue seating 125. KRD also operates a satellite studio located at The Evans Station Lofts in Denver.

·         Girls’ Write PIP Series – Workshop Productions of each of the short plays written by members of Girls’ Write
Date: Sunday, March 30 @10:30 a.m.
on the Mainstage of the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax, Aurora 80010
o    We are pleased to showcase short works-in-progress by the girls in our Girls’ Write Program. Girls’ Write is our youth playwriting program run in conjunction with Girls Inc.  This program mentors 6th-9th grade girls in all aspects of theatre and culminates in a presentation of their plays during our festival.
There is a suggested donation of $10 for adults for this event and $5 for students.

Date: Various times from March 14-30 at The ACAD Studio, 1400 Dallas Street, Aurora 80010
o    Athena Project is currently seeking submissions for performances at The ACAD Studio for each hour the studio is open.  Female artists preferred.  Must provide own equipment and set up.  Send submissions or email questions to
Event is included with purchase of ticket to World Premiere or PIP Series during festival.  Musician merchandise will be available for sale onsite.

Utopia/Dystopia Fashion Show (Fundraiser) @ The Aurora Fox Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Avenue, Aurora 80010
Date: Wednesday, March 26, doors open @ 7 p.m., show @ 8 p.m.
o    Presenting a Fashion Show of female designers celebrating the worlds of Utopia/Dystopia and benefiting Athena Project.
o    Athena Project is currently seeking submissions for individual performance artists or models to be featured in the fashion show.  Interested applicants should contact us at and include a headshot/resume in the email.
Tickets are $25 at or by calling the Aurora Fox box office at 303-739-1970

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Life of Frida Kahlo Explored in Painted Bread

The Aurora Fox Theatre Company presents PAINTED BREAD
by local playwright Melissa Lucero McCarl

Aurora, CO –
The Aurora Fox will present PAINTED BREAD by local playwright Melissa Lucero McCarl  (directed by Warren Sherrill) from January 31st through February 23, 2014 at The Aurora Fox Arts Center (9900 East Colfax Avenue).  Tickets are $26 for adults and $22 for seniors and students. For tickets and/or group rates call: 303-739-1970 or visit:       
      In PAINTED BREAD, the life of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (played by Karen Slack) is explored through a series of self portraits which come to life onstage, dramatically capturing her boisterous sense of humor, her love of Mexican culture and her passion for painting. Kahlo’s works often combined affection and anguish, sadness and sarcasm, the intimate and the collective. McCarl’s play reveals the highs and lows of a life lived fully and fervidly. 
  PRODUCTION STAFF    Stage management by Lindsay Sullivan, Set Design by Charles Dean Packard, Lighting Design by Shannon McKinney, Costumes by Linda Morken and Sound Design by El Armstrong.
Fridays                                                 January 31, February 7, 14 and 21 at 7:30pm
Saturdays                           February 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 7:30pm
Sundays                               February 9, 16 and 23 at 2:00pm

Pay-What-You-Can Preview
Thursday, January 30th  at 7:30 pm
Opening Night After Party -
Friday, October 4th (mix and mingle with cast and crew following the show)
Super Senior Sunday - Sunday, February 9th  at 2:00 pm (Senior tickets are just $18. Free hot beverages).

Thursday, January 23, 2014

An Evening with Ray Barbee & The Mattson 2

A music writer and multi-instrumentalist, Barbee released his debut EP on Galaxia records in 2003, Triumphant Procession, a collection of jazz-influenced instrumental tracks which Barbee produced and engineered at home.
His 2005 release, In Full View, also on Galaxia, featured guests appearances by drummers Doug Scharin (of HiM and June of 44) and Carlos de la Garza (formerly of Reel Big Fish). Barbee plays guitar, bass guitar, drums, harp and xylophone.
In March 2007, Ray Barbee recorded in Japan with the Mattson 2. That recording became Ray Barbee Meets The Mattson 2, a collaboration melding the guitar/drums of the Mattson 2 with Ray Barbee playing additional guitar. When playing live together, Ray sometimes assumes a dual bass line/lead role (both on his guitar) during the set.
Ray is also known for his live performance solo work using looping delay pedals and drum machines.
His music has been featured on NPR and has been used in a number of surf videos.

See the show in Denver on Thursday, January 30th. Brought to you by 303 Boards and the 1 Up.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What's Peyton Manning's Deal with Omaha??

Bronco's Burgers in Omaha, Nebraska (courtesy
Peyton Manning yelled "OMAHA" before 44 of his team's 70 plays last week against San Diego, and he was back at it in Sunday's AFC championship game.

Now that the Denver Broncos are on their way to the Super Bowl, many different people from the NFL world have offered explanations that give us a rough idea of what Manning means when he says "Omaha". While "Omaha" typically means that the snap is about to happen, the call probably also has other uses for Manning and the Broncos, and there is no reason why he should give that information away. No one knows exactly what it means. When asked about it at his press conference, Manning offered an  explanation without actually answering the question:

"I've had a lot of people ask what 'Omaha' means. Omaha is a run play but it could be a pass play, or a play-action pass depending on a couple things — the wind, which way we're going, quarter, and the jerseys that we're wearing. It varies, really play to play. So there's your answer to that one."

Whatever you say, Peyton, but I have my own explanation...I think he just loves Bronco Burgers from Omaha!! They have been in business for 50 years and are still arguably the best burger you will ever have! Bronco's is a tradition in Omaha, and visitors from all around the country make it a must to come in and eat their delicious, famous burgers and French fries still made from whole potatoes every day!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Slayer coming to The Fillmore Auditorium

Fillmore Auditorium
Saturday, May 10                                                                                                          
Live Nation is pleased to present SLAYER at The Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, May 10. Special guests Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus will open the show.
Show time is 7:30 PM.  Doors open at 6:30 PM

Slayer will take a break from writing and recording their next album to hit the road on May 9 for a handful of dates intended to pummel devotees with a night of moshing and frenetic thrash-punk-metal.  Joining Slayer as Special Guests for these shows are Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, marking the first time Slayer and Suicidal have toured together since the 1990 European "Clash of the Titans" tour.   Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for Slayer's fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman, will do double-duty as guitarist in his primary band, Exodus. 

"Can't wait for this week of shows to happen," said Slayer's Kerry King.  "LOVE Suicidal, and haven’t played with them in over 20 years!  Everyone knows I'm a huge Exodus fan also.  I guarantee you I will be watching every show from the stage! Going to be awesome!!!"

"It's been 24 years since Suicidal Tendencies played with Slayer," added Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Muir, "so it's long overdue that we finally play some shows in the States together.  I have lots of great memories from that tour, and know that there will be a lot more after these shows, for the band and the people.  Can't wait!"

Gary Holt states, "I am very excited to announce Exodus will be joining Suicidal Tendencies and the mighty Slayer in May for a short trip ending at the Rock on the Range!  Double duty will have never been so much fun! Looking forward to this one in a big way! Let the mayhem begin!"

The dates will culminate for all three bands at the May 17 "Rock on The Range" rock festival in Columbus, OH, where they will share the stage with artists including Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kid Rock.

ABOUT SLAYER:  The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is "one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre."  Their membership in "The Big Four" - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax - the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre - secures their place in music history.  Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named "Best Live Band" by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. 

With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society - God's terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream.  Slayer's founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2012, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in since.

ABOUT SUICIDAL TENDENCIES:  In 1982, before Suicidal Tendencies had ever released any music, readers of the legendary Flipside fanzine voted ST "Worst band and Biggest Assholes."  When ST released its self-titled album a year later, they took out a full page ad thanking everyone that voted for them and in bold letters said, "You'll be sorry!"  The next year Flipside put ST on the cover with the print, "Love them or hate them, they are not going away," after readers voted them "Best Band, Best new Band and Best record."  To this day, whether it's a skater, punk, metal head, thrasher, alternative, crossover, you'll see the ST flip hats and shirts all around the world with ST festivals as far away as Indonesia and South Korea, and touring many major festivals in Europe, South America and Asia. Thirty years later, after several gold records and Grammy nominations, and worldwide touring, ST is still loved and hated.  As lead singer Mike Muir said, "We're not here to play what you like, we're here to play what we like, hopefully you'll like it as much as we do, but Suicidal is not for everyone, so if you don't, we ain't losing any sleep over it."  Now in 2014, Suicidal is still not going way, as the classic ST song say, "You can't bring me down"!

ABOUT EXODUS:  When it comes to thrash metal, Bay Area thrashers EXODUS epitomize, define, raise the bar and have the genre on lockdown. EXODUS are one of the true forefathers of thrash, hailing an illustrious career spanning 34 years. Their 1984 breakout debut, Bonded By Blood, is a stonewall genre classic featuring cranium-crunching standards such as '"A Lesson In Violence", "Strike Of The Beast" and more. Formed in 1980 with original members Kirk Hammett (guitar), Tim Agnello (guitar), Tom Hunting (drums), Carlton Melson (bass), the line-up has evolved through numerous changes before coming to their current status. EXODUS are Gary Holt (guitar), Lee Altus (guitar), Tom Hunting (drums), Jack Gibson (bass), and Rob Dukes (vocals). To date, EXODUS has released ten studio albums, two live albums and one compilation, including their most recent release of 2010'sExhibit B: The Human Condition via Nuclear Blast Records. EXODUS recently broke ground on their brand of blistering new material, set for tentative release later in 2014. EXODUS has sold over 5 Million albums worldwide.

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 - 3000

Tickets are $32.50 GA ADV and $35.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.

For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information, please call (303) 837-1483

The Fillmore box office is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 Noon - 6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  On days of Fillmore shows, the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm. 
The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express – No checks!  Service charges may apply. 

Part of the Bud Light Concert Series
 Ages 16+

Monday, January 20, 2014

29th Annual MLK, Jr. Marade

Photo by Anistacia Barber
Rallies, marches, community service projects and celebrations are being held across Colorado in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The 'MLK Marade', the combination of a march and parade, winds through downtown Denver Monday, beginning at City Park and making its way down East Colfax Avenue to Civic Center. The event is the largest Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally in the United States and is presented by the City and County of Denver.

Gathering for the marade begins at 9 a.m. at the "I Have a Dream" monument in City Park in Denver.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I Go On Singing - Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words & Songs

Lost American Hero of the 20th Century Re-Discovered in
I Go On Singing - Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words & Songs

Aurora, CO – Grand Design, Inc.
will present I Go On Singing – Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words and Songs  by Andrew Flack  (directed by donnie l. betts [lower case is intentional]) from February 28 – March 9 2014 at The Aurora Fox Arts Center (9900 East Colfax Avenue).  Tickets are $26 for adults and $22 for seniors and students. For tickets and/or group rates call: 303-739-1970 or visit:       
     Once in a lifetime a human being comes along who stands head and shoulders above the rest. Paul Robeson was such a man. An All-American athlete, recording artist, and star of the stage and screen, by the 1930s Robeson was the best-known and most popular African-American entertainer in the world. But trouble lay ahead for Paul, and ultimately he would sacrifice his career, and everything he’d accomplished, by challenging the dominant culture’s politics and status quo. 
     The story of this controversial champion of freedom and justice comes alive in a rousing new 90-minute musical presentation, I Go On Singing, Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words & Songs performed by the gifted American baritone and international promoter of peace, Anthony Brown.  Told in Robeson’s own words, using many first-hand accounts from his autobiography, Here I Stand, the show also uses archival video to trace his humble beginnings as a preacher’s son in Princeton, NJ, to his international celebrity and relentless fighter for human rights.
     Written by Andrew Flack and directed by Denver’s own donnie l. betts, I Go On Singing delivers equal parts historical drama with a live concert experience. Musical numbers range from Spirituals to Broadway, and include original Robeson arrangements of favorites like Ol’ Man River, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, Shenandoah, Scandalize My Name, It Ain’t Necessarily So, All Through the Night, Joe Hill, Deep River and many others.
     Folk legend Pete Seeger makes three video guest appearances discussing his friendship with Robeson and the music they shared.

About Paul Robeson:

· In the first class of African American All-American collegiate athletes

· Graduated valedictorian of his 1919 Rutgers class

· Appeared on Broadway in Eugene O’Neil’s “Emperor Jones” and was the first African American to play “Othello” in what is still the longest running Broadway production of a Shakespeare play

· Sold millions of records, appeared in dozens of films, and became a household name for his rendition of “Ol’ Man River” in the film version of “Showboat”

· Became an international celebrity traveling the world fighting Fascism and singing for human rights

· Supporter of the US war effort and spokesperson for the sale of millions of dollars of US War Bonds during WWII

· Ran afoul of J. Edgar Hoover, Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the right-wing elite who blacklisted him and revoked his passport

·   Lived to see the triumphs of the civil right movement and many of the freedoms realized by the courage of his conviction.

Thursday                             February 27 at 7:30pm – PREVIEW PERFORMANCE
Fridays                                  February 28  at 7:30pm  -  OPENING NIGHT
Saturdays                           March 1 and  March 8 at 7:30pm
Sundays                               March 2 and March 9  at 2:00pm

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Polar Plunge Splash and Dash

On February 22, Denver's City Park is the place to be, no matter what the weather. A celebration of winter, the Polar Plunge Splash & Dash will attract runners, beer enthusiasts, music lovers and those Coloradans with the warmest of hearts – Polar Plungers. The 5K run/walk around the park kicks off the event, followed by the Polar Plunge into an icy pool of water. Stick around after for a free beer from one of Denver's fine craft breweries on site – Dry Dock, Great Divide, Renegade and Lone Tree Brewing Companies. After your first drink, beers will be available for purchase. What better way to cheer on fellow Plungers than with a cold one in hand? If running, plunging or drinking works up your appetite, taste free samples of chili at the "Chilly" Cook-off featuring Jason’s Deli, Carino's and Ted Montana Grill.

Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Colorado and its Project UNIFY program – striving to build acceptance for all people in our community and in our schools. Register online here. Sunshine or snow, the Splash & Dash is sure to break your cabin fever and get you out to enjoy what our beautiful city has to offer, even in the winter!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Upper Colfax Walk of Hearts

Express your love on one of our hand-crafted 20" Colfax hearts.  $45 per heart, hung for the month of February. Please place your order by January 20, 2014.

Hearts will be on display along Upper Colfax from Grant to Columbine on the pedestrian light poles. All proceeds benefit the District 6 Police Dept. Children's Halloween Party for over 5,000 children.
For an additional cost, you have the option to carry your heart home to your sweetie. Please call 303.832.2086 for more details. Your Sweetie can be your best friend, dog, a parent, sibling, cat or anyone or anything that you love, like music or bicycles!

Click here to download and complete your order form. Hearts come on a first come, first serve basis. Order Today!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ignite Theatre Announces 2014 Season

Ignite Theatre kicks off the 2014 season on February 14 with the Regional Premiere of the award-winning "See What I Wanna See." Their second Regional Premiere,"35mm," by award-winning composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver, opens on April 11. The season is rounded out with three Tony award-winning musicals: "Rent,' "Into the Woods" and "Dreamgirls." All performances are held at the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Co 80013 and single tickets are now on sale at

February 14 - March 9
Regional Premiere
"See What I Wanna See"
By Michael John LaChiusa based on short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Directed by Robert Michael Sanders
Music Directed by Hunter Hall

Three short stories by the Japanese writer Ryūnosuke Akutagawa unfold like a classical Japanese screen painting. In "Kesa and Morito," set in medieval Japan, two lovers sing of the ecstasy and torment of their illicit affair and their determination to end it that night. Neither knows the other's intent. "R Shomon," set in 1951, New York City, follows the investigation of a crime of passion and the witnesses' contradicting versions of the event and where everyone's truth may be a lie. In "Gloryday," a priest, during a crisis of faith after a terrible tragedy strikes the city, plays a practical joke by posting an anonymous letter in Central Park declaring that Christ will appear, rising from the pond. On the day of the miracle only the priest sees what his lie becomes. "See What I Wanna See" was named by New York Magazine as one of the Best Musicals of 2005 and nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical.

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & Monday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
$27 Adult | $24 Group (6+) | $19 Student
720-362-2697 or online at
Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Co 80013

April 11 - May 4
Regional Premiere
By Ryan Scott Oliver inspired by photographs by Matthew Murphy
Directed by Keith Rabin Jr
Music Directed by Jason Tyler Vaughn with accompaniment by Heather Holt Hall

A collection of "snapshot stories," woven together with original songs composed by Ryan Scott Oliver, are performed to the stunning projections of the photography that inspired them. "35mm" represents a collision of artistic disciplines as disparate as musical theater, photography, and pop/rock music and brings the connection between pleasures both visual and aural into razor-sharp focus, creating a singular, multi-sensory journey.

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
$27 Adult | $24 Group (6+) | $19 Student
720-362-2697 or online at
Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Co 80013

August 8 - August 31
Winner of Four Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Keith Rabin Jr & Amy Osatinski
Music Directed by Blake Nawa'a

The rock musical, based on Puccini's opera La Bohème, tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City's Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & Monday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m.
$27 Adult | $24 Group (6+) | $19 Student
720-362-2697 or online at
Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Co 80013

October 17 - November 9
Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning
"Into the Woods"
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
Directed by Bernie Cardell
Music Directed by David Wohl

A baker and his wife are assigned a number of tasks by a witch; only after completing these duties will they be able to bear children. During their quest to fulfill the demands, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and numerous other fairy tale figures. "Into the Woods" humorously combines classic fairy tales into one hilarious and touching narrative.
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & Monday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
$27 Adult | $24 Group (6+) | $19 Student
720-362-2697 or online at
Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Co 80013

December 27, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Winner of Five Tony Awards
Music by Henry Krieger; Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Directed by Keith Rabin Jr.
Music Directed by TTrent Hines

"Dreamgirls," based on the true tribulations of such early R&B acts as The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Shirelles, is a behind-the-scenes look at the reality of the an entertainment industry that made this cultural phenomenon possible. "Dreamgirls" is a show about a time in American musical history when what is called rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound.

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & Monday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m.
$27 Adult | $24 Group (6+) | $19 Student | $15 Children
720-362-2697 or online at
Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Co 80013